Lunchtime Report: 22nd November

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Arsenal and Manchester City endured mixed fortunes in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with one side through and the other out of Europe’s premier cup competition.

Arsene Wenger hailed the performance of Jack Wilshere in a 2-0 win for the Gunners against Montpellier, a victory which secured the club’s passage to the last 16 of the competition.

Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, was left to rue a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid, with the Citizens now unable to catch the top two in Group D. Vincent Kompany also picked up an injury in defeat, and is a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.

The Blues will have a new man in the dugout for that match, with Rafa Benitez quickly appointed as successor to Roberto Di Matteo. The former Liverpool boss takes charge until the end of the season.

Phil Jones has vowed not to change his combative style at Manchester United, and insists he will keep on getting injured if it means making full-blooded challenges for the cause at Old Trafford.

And finally, football hooliganism is in the spotlight once again, after Tottenham Hotspur fans were attacked in Rome last night, with two seriously injured in hospital ahead of the Europa League clash against Lazio.

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